TV4A welcomes Deidre Downs Gunn, MD, Miss America 2005, to Athens, Alabama, as the keynote speaker at this year's Hope for the Holidays benefit dinner December 12, at the Limestone County Event Center.
Dr. Gunn is a native of Birmingham and a 2010 graduate of the UAB School of Medicine. She attended the University of Virginia on a full volleyball scholarship out of high school, but gave it up to focus on academics and transferred to Samford University. A graduate of Samford University, she was named a Rhodes Scholar Finalist in 2002.
She deferred admission to medical school when she won the title of Miss Alabama and then Miss America 2005. As part of her community service platform, she co-founded the Curing Childhood Cancer specialty license plate in Alabama, which raises funds for research at Children’s Hospital. During her year of service as Miss America, she was the spokesperson for CureSearch/National Childhood Cancer Foundation, raising awareness and research funding for pediatric cancer. After graduating from medical school in 2010, Dr. Gunn completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at UAB and is currently a senior fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. After completing her fellowship in 2017, she will join the faculty at UAB as a reproductive endocrinologist.
Joining Dr. Gunn as part of the benefit event is Harpist Steven Todd Miller, of Madison, Alabama. Mr. Miller has been playing the Harp for thirty years, and will provide the dining entertainment.
Tickets are available online using this link, or print a mail-in orderform, or purchase in person at Riff Raff Furniture on Market Street in Athens.